Be a Breast Cancer Warrior

The word “warrior” carries an important connotation of strength, courage, and perseverance. These traits will prove critical in your journey as a Breast Cancer Warrior. As you work through your treatment, keep in mind that each step forward is a triumph. Whether it’s a successful MRI or a positive meeting with your oncologist, celebrate each milestone as a testament to your unwavering determination and progress in the fight against cancer.

No warrior can conquer a battle alone, so it’s vital to assemble an empathetic and experienced team of healthcare professionals as you begin your journey. You can find the right medical team by researching local oncologists and cancer centers, asking for referrals from your primary care physician, or seeking recommendations from friends or family members. It’s also crucial to take advantage of your right to seek second opinions, which can provide reassurance and confidence in your treatment decisions.

Samantha Millar Maddox found a small lump on her chest in 2022, and was subsequently diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Her diagnosis was the scariest of her life, and it left her feeling isolated. In an attempt to combat her loneliness, Samantha joined a breast cancer support group called Tatas and Tapas. The women in the group, who are at different stages of their journeys, meet monthly to discuss their feelings and experiences with one another. Often, they visit each other’s homes, providing a level of comfort and understanding that you can’t get in an online forum.

Breast cancer can strip you of your health and your life, but it can also bring people into your life who you never knew cared. They’ll send you cards, bake you food, bring you hugs, and even laugh at your corny jokes. They’ll help you with chores and take you to appointments. They’ll help you navigate the insurance system and find a new normal. They’ll make you feel like a champion for having such a tough disease.

Metastatic breast cancer is the most difficult type of breast cancer to diagnose and treat. It’s a progressive disease, which means that it can spread throughout your body, causing symptoms that are difficult to identify and manage. The disease can even affect other organs, such as your liver and lungs.

Four women, including a nurse, an executive assistant, and a referral management specialist at McDonald Army Health Center, face this challenge head-on with bravery and strength. Hear their stories and learn how you can support them, or those fighting the same fight, by becoming a Breast Cancer Warrior.